Alex Rodriguez

John Farrell not worried about Alex Rodriguez's public perception with home run milestone approaching

Ryan Hannable
May 01, 2015 - 1:03 pm

Although Alex Rodriguez is out of the lineup Friday night, he could still reach a milestone at Fenway Park this weekend. Rodriguez is one home run from tying Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time home run list. Rodriguez is currently at 659, as he's hit five so this season. Red Sox manager John Farrell isn't thinking about how it would be received if he did it at Fenway Park, as he thinks of Rodriguez strictly as an opponent. "I don't really worry about the public perception," said Farrell. "We see him as an opponent and how are we going to get him out." Rodriguez only trails Willie Mays (660), Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755) and Barry Bonds (762) all-time. "He's clearly in select company," Farrell said. "660 being the next one, those are lofty numbers. It just suggests and clearly points to a really long and productive career by a really, really good player." On the other side of the field, Yankees manager Joe Girardi is actually hoping the next home run comes sooner than later. "Of course we want to get it over with," he said. "It's not my job to be caught up in milestones, but what the best lineup is on that day. We are going to wait one day, but I want to get it out of the way. As much as you try not to think about it as a player, the sooner the better." For more Red Sox news, visit